San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona



Terry Rambler, Chairman
Tao Etpison, Vice Chairman
Ina Salter, Seven Mile District Council Member
John Antonio Jr., Seven Mile District Council Member
Valerie Key-Cheney, Peridot District Council Member
Dr. John Bush, Peridot District Council Member
Barbara May, Gilson Wash District Council Member
Simon Hooke, Gilson Wash District Council Member
Ned Anderson Jr., Bylas District Council Member
Jonathan Kitcheyan, Bylas District Council Member
Eugene David Nozie, Bylas District Council Member

(Updated February 2024)

Contact Information

Address: PO Box 0, San Carlos, AZ 85550

Phone: (928) 475-1600

Health Department Director:

David Reede

Education Department Executive Director:

Flora Talas

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer:

Vernelda Grant


GOVERNANCE: The San Carlos Apache Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and nine council members representing four districts. Council members serve staggered four-year terms, and meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The San Carlos Apache Tribe is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.


COMMUNITY PROFILE: The traditional lands of the Apache Ndeh (The People) extended from Texas through New Mexico and Arizona into Mexico and California.  Over time, the many bands of Apache were forcibly relocated to reservations. The San Carlos Apache Reservation was established in 1871. According to the U.S. Census, approximately 10,815 individuals live on the San Carlos Apache Reservation--1.8 million acres spanning three counties in eastern Arizona. 

San Carlos Apache are known for their peridot jewelry and Apache basketry.  Peridot is the birthstone for August and San Carlos is home to the world's largest deposit of the crystal.

The Tribe operates Apache Gold Casino, a golf course, a commercial sawmill, a 500-acre farm, and cattle ranching operations.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2017-2021 American Community Survey, the population on the San Carlos Apache reservation is 10,815. The following document provides a Census snapshot of the San Carlos Apache Tribe with comparisons to the state of Arizona and the United States as a whole.

Note: When interpreting data for small populations or rural areas, it is important to note the margin of error which is provided where possible. The margin of error can be interpreted as providing a 90 percent probability that the true value lies within the estimate plus and minus the margin of error. 

First Things First is Arizona's early childhood agency, providing health screenings and a variety of services across the state. Included here are two of their reports on the San Carlos Apache Tribe, as well as an Arizona Department of Health Services Report: